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EFSA Consults over Pesticides and Bees

24 September 2012

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the draft Guidance on the Risk Assessment of Plant Protection Products on Bees (including Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees).

The Guidance Document is intended to provide guidance to applicants and authorities in the context of the evaluation of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and their active substances under Regulation (EC) 1107/2009.

The scientific opinion on the science behind the development of a risk assessment of plant protection products on bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees) (EFSA 2012) provided the scientific basis for the development of the Guidance Document.

Specific protection goals were agreed in consultation with the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.

The Guidance Document proposes a tiered risk assessment scheme with a simple and cost effective first tier to more complex higher tier studies under semi-field and field conditions.

Each of the tiers will have to ensure that the appropriate level of protection is achieved.

Not enough data were available in certain areas (e.g. background mortality rates of bees, differences in species sensitivity) and conservative assumptions had to be made.

The Guidance Document includes several new approaches to address issues highlighted in the opinion.

Test protocols for bumble bees and solitary bees need to be fully validated. Therefore the feedback from stakeholders is considered as very important for finalising the guidance document.

In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft document developed by the EFSA Working Group on Bee Risk Assessment.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 25 October 2012.

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